Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire, Keepers Of Scottish Music, Jamming In Concord (For Free), Sunday, January 26, 2014.


by Anura Guruge

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I am no stranger to this delightful, very talented, hugely committed group.

Though I only, alas, found out about these MONTHLY GATHERINGS, by chance, on Thursday, I have seen them at the Highland Games given what was our habitual, year-in, year-out attendance.

It appears that Strathspey & Reel to my delight shares a member (who, to my surprise I actually don’t know personally, though I know most of the others) with Clearlakes Chorale. This was serendipity! Of late, rather than sit through all 2.5 hours of Clearlakes Chorale I have been going for a walk, in the dark, in Wolfeboro (in lieu of my ‘daily’ run). So I would miss some of the announcements. This Thursday, given the cold I decided to go running around 11am when the temp. was ~10ºF. 10ºF meets the ‘running’ criteria for I and the the dogs. It has to be at least 5ºF. So I didn’t go for my night perambulations — Wolfeboro absolutely magical at night. (Having lived on dirt roads for 18 years of my 28 years in N.H., the dark doesn’t bother me). So, I got to hear the announcements. That I hadn’t nodded off, helped too. My ears pricked up. We are all gluttons for Scottish music. Plus, this is the Robert Burns’ birthday weekend. As soon as I got home from Clearlakes I checked the Web. Bingo. He was right. Gathering this Sunday.

Not sure we can make it. Teischan is leaving as I write for the ‘Snow White’ auditions. She will be gone for a few hours. She likes her weekends so might want to stay at home Sunday to make up for being gone for that long today.

But, I wanted to share this with you.

We in the Concord area have lucked out. Don’t forget the FREE ‘Red Hot Chilli Pipers‘ concert at the Capitol Center for the Arts.

I had also never heard of the ‘Concord Community Music School‘ where the group meets. That looks like quite a place too. Wow.

Happy Robert Burns Birthday.


Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire performing in Portsmouth in 2012. This is a haunting set. If you are pressed for time just check it out around the 1:05 mark. That is Scottish, non-bagpipe, at its sweetest. Click to access the YouTube video.


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